School has started and therefore so have the school buses. As annoying as it may be to get stuck behind a stopped bus, it is not worth it to pass it. The most important reason is that children are unpredictable and can dart out onto the road. Another reason is that the fines are large.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, these are the rules when you approach a school bus:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.
- A motorist on any highway that has only two travel lanes, one in each direction, must stop for the bus whether approaching from the front or overtaking from the rear and remain stopped until the lights are no longer activated or the bus resumes motion.
- Motorists traveling on multi-lane roadways, which have at least two lanes of travel in each direction, must stop for the bus if overtaking the bus from the rear and remain stopped until the lights are no longer activated or the bus resumes motion; however, motorists approaching a bus from the front, on this type multi-lane roadway need not stop but proceed with caution.
Channel 2 News clarified a few of these points. The yellow flashing light means you don’t have time to get past the bus. According to state law, the yellow also means stop. The multi-lane roadway description above may or may not have a median.
Channel 2 News also said that the fines can run about $1,062.50 + court costs + 6 points against your license. They say if you do it a second time… and the fine is now $10,000. To see the full article from News 2, click here.
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